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Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley

Quebrada de Humahuaca 

Quebrada de Humahuaca is a picturesque valley situated 1,500 km (932 mi) North of Buenos Aires, Jujuy province in the North West Argentina. It is bordered by Valles Templados ("warm valleys" in Spanish), Sub- Andean hills in the East and Altiplano plateau.



Location: 1,500 km (932 mi) North of Buenos Aires, Jujuy province

Length: 155 km (96 mi)





Description of Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley


Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley is about 155 km (96 mi) long. Its unique biosphere is currently listed on an UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized on 2 July 2003. The valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca gets its name from a small settlement Humahuaca and was shaped largely by erosion by Grande River (Río Grande). Its name Quebrada can be translated as "broken" indicating the shape of the geologic formation carved by the Grande River (Rio Grande), while the name Humahuaca is a name of a local small town.


First evidence of a human presence in Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley date back 10,000 years ago. Rock art and paintings have been discovered on surrounding cliffs and small caves. The most popular such location is that found on the Inca Cueva or Inca Cave. Later evidence show that the area of Quebrada de Humahuaca Valley was inhabited by Omaguaca culture. During pre- Hispanic period this area was an important economic center in the Inca Empire. Several Inca roads as well as acheological Inca sites are spread through out a region.







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